Halak ready to face his former team; Morrow placed on IR

News-DemocratNovember 4, 2013 

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak returns to the building where he once was revered on Tuesday.

Halak will be the starter in the Blues' road game at Bell Centre against the Montreal Canadiens, the team that traded Halak to St. Louis following his memorable 2010 playoff run.

Montreal rode Halak all the way to the Eastern Conference finals, knocking out Pittsburgh and Washington along the way.

As the Blues' clear No. 1 goaltender this season, Halak is off to a strong start at 7-2-1 with a 2.35 goals-against average and .909 save percentage.

Halak earned a gracious salute from Canadiens fans on his first trip back to Montreal as a member of the Blues last January. He shut them out 2-0 on Jan. 10 and has allowed only one goal on 47 shots in two victories against his former team.

Blues winger Alexander Steen leads the NHL with 12 goals and began Monday ranked fourth in the league scoring race with 12 goals and 18 points in 12 games.

He has 12 goals on just 38 shots, a whopping 31.6-percent success rate.

Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo has a career-high four-game goal-scoring streak and now has four goals and 12 points in 12 games. His 12 points ranks third among all NHL defenseman, behind only Ottawa's Erik Karlsson (four goals, 15 points) and Montreal's P.K. Subban (three goals, 14 points).

During his four-game hot streak, Pietrangelo has four goals and six points.

Defensemen Jay Bouwmeester and Kevin Shattenkirk also have been solid offensive sources with nine assists each. Shattenkirk is riding a five-game scoring streak.

The Blues' power play is ranked first in the NHL with a 26.1-percent success rate. They also have killed off all 14 opponent power-plays on the road this season.

Morrow on IR

The Blues on Monday placed veteran winger Brenden Morrow on injured reserve with an upper-body injury. Morrow has two goals and three points in nine games this season after signing with the team Sept. 23 as a free agent.

Morrow was injured after being checked last Tuesday against Winnipeg.

Contact reporter Norm Sanders at 239-2454, nsanders@bnd.com or on Twitter @NormSanders

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